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Original Sweeney Todd Len Cariou Brings Broadway and the Bard to the Lion Theatre

The Tony-winning performer marries Shakespeare with musical theater.

Broadway's original Sweeney Todd Len Cariou will present the world premiere of Broadway and the Bard at off-Broadway's Lion Theatre.
Broadway's original Sweeney Todd, Len Cariou, will present the world premiere of Broadway and the Bard at off-Broadway's Lion Theatre.
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Tony Award-winning actor Len Cariou will star in the off-Broadway world premiere of Broadway and the Bard, an evening of Shakespeare and song, conceived by Cariou, Barry Kleinbort, and Mark Janas. Directed by Kleinbort with musical direction by Janas, the show will begin a six-week run on Thursday, January 28 at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Performances will continue through March 6 with an official opening set for February 4.

Broadway and the Bard combines Cariou's two great loves — Shakespeare and American musical comedy — in "an eighty-minute melding of superb soliloquy and memorable song." The show outfits classical soliloquies and sonnets with inventive musical pairings from beloved writers of the Great White Way.

Theatre Hall of Famer Len Cariou earned a Tony Award for his performance in the original 1979 production of Sweeney Todd and was nominated for his starring roles in Applause and A Little Night Music. His other Broadway credits include King Henry V, Nightwatch, Cold Storage, Teddy & Alice, Dance a Little Closer, The Speed of Darkness, Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, and Proof.

The creative team for Broadway and the Bard features set design by Josh Iocavelli, and lighting and sound design by Matt Berman. The show is produced by Amas Musical Theatre and Alan Siegel Entertainment.

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